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I have very bad flea bites?

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Dr. Keith Ramsey answered

Specializes in Pediatrics - Adolescent Medicine

Flea bites: If you are allergic to the bites, then they will itch for weeks. If you scratch them, they will itch until you quit scratching them. They can cause hard bumps called nodules if you continue to rub or scratch. Also, are the fleas still around? Other bites can look like flea bites and last a long time, such as scabies and other mites. Hydrocortisone cream and oral Benadryl (diphenhydramine) will help the itch.

Answered 5/24/2018

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Dr. Heidi Fowler answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

Agree w Dr. Ramsey: Use antiseptic soap to wash the flea bites. Do not scratch flea bites. You can use 1% Hydrocortisone cream on the bites or take antihistamines for itching. A paste made of 2 parts baking soda ; 1 part water can be applied to bites. The bigger issue is that you must get rid of the fleas. Many people elect to hire an exterminator.

Answered 6/25/2014

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